I've always been the kind of person who wishes they were more like somebody else. I know it's what every inspirational quote/blog post/magazine article tries to sway you against, and with good reason. We are all so different, and that's what makes the world so dynamic and interesting.
Having said that, there are so many traits of others, be them friends or coworkers or acquaintances, that I wish I had for myself. I find myself thinking,
"I wish I was that genuinely nice, all the time...maybe people would like me more."
"I wish I was able to keep my opinions to myself like her, to keep my mouth shut about controversial topics."
"I wish I had her sunshine personality, lighting up every room as I walk in."
"I wish I was that driven. If only I could become more focus and determined, I would be an overall better person."
And I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing to want to want to emulate genuinely good people.
But it's a better thing to become more secure with yourself first. I'm in the process of accepting that even though I'm not a walking ray of friendly sunshine 24/7, I consider myself to be a kind person. I may be an open book of opinions, but I am also well read and well informed of those opinions (with a firm understanding that I'm not always right), and I just want others to be, too. I might not be motivated to slay my schoolwork and run three miles every single day, but I've been determined enough to get to where I am now, and sometimes, that has to be good enough.